About the Book
Book: Winning Miss Winthrop
Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Release date: March 2018
Catherine Winthrop is almost at her last prayers, rejected years ago by the man who stole her heart. When tragedy brings him back into her life, she must suffer further grief in silence, amid her family’s pain and hostility, which eventually sends her to seek solace in Bath. Jonathan Carlew might be wealthy, but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his life, bringing fresh challenges as he takes on the Barony. Caught between appeasing the Winthrop family’s concerns and doing what he could to salvage their failing estate, he must also weigh the echoes of the past with the demands of his new responsibilities.Two hearts must decide whether present speculation will condemn them to the dust of their memories, or if the whispers of forgiveness can provide freedom for the future.
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About the Author
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc.
Since reading Ms. Miller’s first book, what has struck me as refreshing is her characters’ integrity. They are never portrayed as perfect or unapproachable, but there is a noble air to them which is very much appreciated. It also, many times, sets the pace of the plot as the characters try to remain steadfast through a time period stained by unruly tongues and a judgemental society.
I saw this integrity portrayed once again in Jonathan Carlew as he sought to wisely fulfill an unexpected inherited role, through his interactions with his family and close friends, and his patience to not let society’s prejudice make him doubt his good influence. And then there’s his… bullheadedness. Yep, he’s pretty much as stubborn as they get. I confess this caught me by surprise, not in a bad way for I knew this promised for a good character growth.
Morality is a fine line to walk on. Though righteous character may be grown, there’s always the chance of developing pride in one’s self and forgetting that a noble persona walks alongside gentleness and meekness. Can Jonathan find this out in time to repair severed ties? Specially one in regards to the young lady who never stopped having a place in his heart.
Catherine Winthrop has suffered enough heartache in recent times to make her sick to her bones. And to be in constant association with the man she once gave her heart to hasn’t been helping her healing. She can’t forget how he coldly and unceremonious broke their understanding. Still, here in there she sees the kindhearted man she once knew. How to associate these two sides? Who is the true Jonathan Carlew?
Full of the captivating Regency world, with the bonus of a masquerade ball (!!!), this book sure kept me interested as page-to-page I was challenged to not judge a character by first impressions, as they can be misguided, as well as to believe hope is always unwavering, no matter the situation. I’m very much looking forward to Serena’s book.
More from Carolyn
In 2015 I was fortunate enough to visit England and see my sister who was living there at the time. What followed was three weeks of visiting parts of England, Ireland and Scotland in a whistle-stop tour of some of the places I’d long dreamed about visiting, but never thought I’d get the chance: London, Brighton, the Blarney stone in an Irish castle, Chatsworth in the Peak District, Loch Ness and Culloden in the Scottish Highlands, the gorgeous grounds of Dunrobin Castle, and the beautiful Cotswolds of England, which includes World Heritage-listed Bath.
I’ve used many of the places I’ve visited as inspiration behind my historical stories, but none as much as the places I visited while in Bath. Pretty much every place I visited – Sydney Gardens, Bath Abbey, the Pump Room, The Assembly Rooms and more – were mentioned in my story Winning Miss Winthrop, which I view as my homage to Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which vies with Pride and Prejudice as my favorite Austen novel.
I loved my all-too-brief time in Bath, and I love this story, with its depiction of two people learning to overcome the misunderstandings of the past in order to find a future. Winning Miss Winthrop is the first book in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series, and has the attention to period detail, romance, banter, and faith threads that readers in the Regency Brides series have come to expect. I hope readers enjoy Catherine and Jon’s story.
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To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon prize and a paperback copy of the book!!
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Excellent review! I’ve been wanting to read Carolyn’s books. Thank you for hosting.
Thank you for stopping by 🙂 I hope you get to read one of her books soon!
This seems like another amazing read! Thanks for sharing!
What a lovely, thorough review. This is on my wishlist. I always love a good masquerade ball!
Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details, this sounds like a wonderful read
thank you for stopping by 🙂
Oh, yay Mia! I’m SO glad you enjoyed reading Winning Miss Winthrop! It’s so encouraging to read a review where the reader ‘gets it’ – so thank you! And a masquerade ball – how wonderful that would be to attend in real (Regency!) life!
It makes my day every time you stop by and comment that I “got” your story ❤ thank you for your kind words, dear Carolyn!